4 letter word starting with fl

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flag verb i. To hang loose without stiffness; to bend down, as flexible bodies; to be loose, yielding, limp., To droop; to grow spiritless; to lose vigor; to languish; as, the spirits flag; the streugth flags., To let droop; to suffer to fall, or let fall, into feebleness; as, to flag the wings., To enervate; to exhaust the vigor or elasticity of., That which flags or hangs down loosely., A cloth usually bearing a device or devices and used to indicate nationality, party, etc., or to give or ask information; — commonly attached to a staff to be waved by the wind; a standard; a banner; an ensign; the colors; as, the national flag; a military or a naval flag., A group of feathers on the lower part of the legs of certain hawks, owls, etc., A group of elongated wing feathers in certain hawks., The bushy tail of a dog, as of a setter., To signal to with a flag; as, to flag a train., To convey, as a message, by means of flag signals; as, to flag an order to troops or vessels at a distance., An aquatic plant, with long, ensiform leaves, belonging to either of the genera Iris and Acorus., To furnish or deck out with flags., A flat stone used for paving., Any hard, evenly stratified sandstone, which splits into layers suitable for flagstones., To lay with flags of flat stones.
flam noun A freak or whim; also, a falsehood; a lie; an illusory pretext; deception; delusion., To deceive with a falsehood.
flap verb Anything broad and limber that hangs loose, or that is attached by one side or end and is easily moved; as, the flap of a garment., A hinged leaf, as of a table or shutter., The motion of anything broad and loose, or a stroke or sound made with it; as, the flap of a sail or of a wing., A disease in the lips of horses., To beat with a flap; to strike., To move, as something broad and flaplike; as, to flap the wings; to let fall, as the brim of a hat., To move as do wings, or as something broad or loose; to fly with wings beating the air., To fall and hang like a flap, as the brim of a hat, or other broad thing.
flat superl. Having an even and horizontal surface, or nearly so, without prominences or depressions; level without inclination; plane., Lying at full length, or spread out, upon the ground; level with the ground or earth; prostrate; as, to lie flat on the ground; hence, fallen; laid low; ruined; destroyed., Wanting relief; destitute of variety; without points of prominence and striking interest., Tasteless; stale; vapid; insipid; dead; as, fruit or drink flat to the taste., Unanimated; dull; uninteresting; without point or spirit; monotonous; as, a flat speech or composition., Lacking liveliness of commercial exchange and dealings; depressed; dull; as, the market is flat., Clear; unmistakable; peremptory; absolute; positive; downright., Below the true pitch; hence, as applied to intervals, minor, or lower by a half step; as, a flat seventh; A flat., Not sharp or shrill; not acute; as, a flat sound., Sonant; vocal; — applied to any one of the sonant or vocal consonants, as distinguished from a nonsonant (or sharp) consonant., In a flat manner; directly; flatly., Without allowance for accrued interest., A level surface, without elevation, relief, or prominences; an extended plain; specifically, in the United States, a level tract along the along the banks of a river; as, the Mohawk Flats., A level tract lying at little depth below the surface of water, or alternately covered and left bare by the tide; a shoal; a shallow; a strand., Something broad and flat in form, A flat-bottomed boat, without keel, and of small draught., A straw hat, broad-brimmed and low-crowned., A car without a roof, the body of which is a platform without sides; a platform car., A platform on wheel, upon which emblematic designs, etc., are carried in processions., The flat part, or side, of anything; as, the broad side of a blade, as distinguished from its edge., A floor, loft, or story in a building; especially, a floor of a house, which forms a complete residence in itself., A horizontal vein or ore deposit auxiliary to a main vein; also, any horizontal portion of a vein not elsewhere horizontal., A dull fellow; a simpleton; a numskull., A character [/] before a note, indicating a tone which is a half step or semitone lower., A homaloid space or extension., To make flat; to flatten; to level., To render dull, insipid, or spiritless; to depress., To depress in tone, as a musical note; especially, to lower in pitch by half a tone., To become flat, or flattened; to sink or fall to an even surface., To fall form the pitch.
flaw noun A crack or breach; a gap or fissure; a defect of continuity or cohesion; as, a flaw in a knife or a vase., A defect; a fault; as, a flaw in reputation; a flaw in a will, in a deed, or in a statute., A sudden burst of noise and disorder; a tumult; uproar; a quarrel., A sudden burst or gust of wind of short duration., To crack; to make flaws in., To break; to violate; to make of no effect.
flax noun A plant of the genus Linum, esp. the L. usitatissimum, which has a single, slender stalk, about a foot and a half high, with blue flowers. The fiber of the bark is used for making thread and cloth, called linen, cambric, lawn, lace, etc. Linseed oil is expressed from the seed., The skin or fibrous part of the flax plant, when broken and cleaned by hatcheling or combing.
flay verb t. To skin; to strip off the skin or surface of; as, to flay an ox; to flay the green earth.
flea verb t. To flay., An insect belonging to the genus Pulex, of the order Aphaniptera. Fleas are destitute of wings, but have the power of leaping energetically. The bite is poisonous to most persons. The human flea (Pulex irritans), abundant in Europe, is rare in America, where the dog flea (P. canis) takes its place. See Aphaniptera, and Dog flea. See Illustration in Appendix.
fled imp. & p. p. of Flee., of Flee
flee verb i. To run away, as from danger or evil; to avoid in an alarmed or cowardly manner; to hasten off; — usually with from. This is sometimes omitted, making the verb transitive.
flet past participle Skimmed.
flew imp. of Fly., of Fly
flex verb t. To bend; as, to flex the arm., Flax.
flip noun A mixture of beer, spirit, etc., stirred and heated by a hot iron., To toss or fillip; as, to flip up a cent.
flit verb i. To move with celerity through the air; to fly away with a rapid motion; to dart along; to fleet; as, a bird flits away; a cloud flits along., To flutter; to rove on the wing., To pass rapidly, as a light substance, from one place to another; to remove; to migrate., To remove from one place or habitation to another., To be unstable; to be easily or often moved., Nimble; quick; swift. [Obs.] See Fleet.
flix noun Down; fur., The flux; dysentery.
flon plural of Flo, See Flo.
floe noun A low, flat mass of floating ice.
flog verb t. To beat or strike with a rod or whip; to whip; to lash; to chastise with repeated blows.
flop verb t. To clap or strike, as a bird its wings, a fish its tail, etc.; to flap., To turn suddenly, as something broad and flat., To strike about with something broad abd flat, as a fish with its tail, or a bird with its wings; to rise and fall; as, the brim of a hat flops., To fall, sink, or throw one’s self, heavily, clumsily, and unexpectedly on the ground., Act of flopping.
flow imp. sing. of Fly, v. i., To move with a continual change of place among the particles or parts, as a fluid; to change place or circulate, as a liquid; as, rivers flow from springs and lakes; tears flow from the eyes., To become liquid; to melt., To proceed; to issue forth; as, wealth flows from industry and economy., To glide along smoothly, without harshness or asperties; as, a flowing period; flowing numbers; to sound smoothly to the ear; to be uttered easily., To have or be in abundance; to abound; to full, so as to run or flow over; to be copious., To hang loose and waving; as, a flowing mantle; flowing locks., To rise, as the tide; — opposed to ebb; as, the tide flows twice in twenty-four hours., To discharge blood in excess from the uterus., To cover with water or other liquid; to overflow; to inundate; to flood., To cover with varnish., A stream of water or other fluid; a current; as, a flow of water; a flow of blood., A continuous movement of something abundant; as, a flow of words., Any gentle, gradual movement or procedure of thought, diction, music, or the like, resembling the quiet, steady movement of a river; a stream., The tidal setting in of the water from the ocean to the shore. See Ebb and flow, under Ebb., A low-lying piece of watery land; — called also flow moss and flow bog.
flue noun An inclosed passage way for establishing and directing a current of air, gases, etc.; an air passage, A compartment or division of a chimney for conveying flame and smoke to the outer air., A passage way for conducting a current of fresh, foul, or heated air from one place to another., A pipe or passage for conveying flame and hot gases through surrounding water in a boiler; — distinguished from a tube which holds water and is surrounded by fire. Small flues are called fire tubes or simply tubes., Light down, such as rises from cotton, fur, etc.; very fine lint or hair.
flux noun The act of flowing; a continuous moving on or passing by, as of a flowing stream; constant succession; change., The setting in of the tide toward the shore, — the ebb being called the reflux., The state of being liquid through heat; fusion., Any substance or mixture used to promote the fusion of metals or minerals, as alkalies, borax, lime, fluorite., A fluid discharge from the bowels or other part; especially, an excessive and morbid discharge; as, the bloody flux or dysentery. See Bloody flux., The matter thus discharged., The quantity of a fluid that crosses a unit area of a given surface in a unit of time., Flowing; unstable; inconstant; variable., To affect, or bring to a certain state, by flux., To cause to become fluid; to fuse., To cause a discharge from; to purge.